- President Duterte held a fellowship dinner at the Malacañang palace with his law school batch mates from San Beda College of Law
- Duterte said he will be pardoning police officers and military personnel who will be wrongly accused of abuse of authority
- He also said that he will issue many copies of pre-signed 'pardons' that those accused will just give to the judge
President Rodrigo Duterte vows to utilize the presidential pardon granted to him by the Constitution and use it for cops and military men wrongly accused of abuses in the conduct of their duties in cracking down on drugs. Said pardon will be in pre-signed forms, free for police officers and military men.
“Kaya pagdating ng panahon, ‘pag sabi arraignment, magkuha ka diyan. Maraming kopya ‘yan, pre-signed,” the president said during a fellowship dinner at the Malacañang Palace, with his San Beda College law school batch mates.
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(When the time comes, and there’s an arraignment, just get from there. It would have many copies, pre-signed.)
Duterte also said that he will use the pardoning power of the president and that people should believe him. He emphasized that based on the Philippine Constitution, there is no limitation as to how many times the president can grant pardon and there is also no limit to the number of people who can benefit from a presidential pardon. He likewise reiterated that the pardon that the President can grant could either be conditional or absolute.
However, Duterte's present statement was somewhat a contradiction to his previous remark where he said that he would only pardon cops who would 'tell the truth.' He also said that if these cops will not tell the truth, then punishment awaits them.
Treating the whole Philippines as a bigger Davao where he used to serve as mayor, he said, “Mag-trabaho kayo. Wag kayong mag-imbento. Do not fabricate evidence. I will hear you. And if you’re telling the truth, sabihin mo ako. 'Utos ni Mayor Rody', ” he said.
(Do your job. Don't invent. Do not fabricate evidence. I will hear you. And if you're telling the truth, tell them it was me. 'Order of Mayor Rody'.)
While the president is just trying to protect police officers and military personnel, he must have forgotten that one of the requisites of a presidential pardon is conviction. Those who have already been convicted of a crime can be the subject of a pardon. On the other hand, without a conviction, then there is basically nothing for the President to pardon.
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Now then, if the President is encouraging policemen to just grab a pre-signed form without arraignment, then the stage of the proceedings can never come even close to a judgment. If this is the case, how can a pardon be effective when it lacks the prerequisite of a conviction?-SD, Kami Media